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Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...windows, and doors, but with new high-efficiency construction there is a strong risk of the air getting stale. Our home ended up very tight (see past post here ), so we needed mechanical ventilation. This is accomplished by a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) , which serves two purposes. First, the HRV circulates stale ...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...windows". While the Kenogami house does need a minor injection of heat at the coldest moments of winter, for the most part on sunny days it produces far more heat than it needs, leading Alain Hamel to begin work on a phase change thermal battery , to avoid overheating and save excess heat for when it is needed. Mod...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...windows can indicate a problem , having some safe passive humidity storage is never a bad thing in homes. Have you ever noticed that sometimes a squeaky floor boards get quieter for no apparent reason? Or a drawer is sometimes easier or harder to open? Or… your guitar sounds terrible after a heat wave? Most homes are...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...Windows : Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northwin Windows Thermolec 2kw Thermo Air resistance heater unit Zehnder Comfoair 200 HRV Naugler House annual heating cost [2012-2013] kWh used 690.2 $/Month 6.40 Total $ 76.82 Heating cost for the Naugler Passive House compared to code-built house: ...

Real estate

Real estate

...windows - look for water damage around the interior, signs of air leakage, double or triple-pane Quality mechanical systems - iare they old or new? Check model numbers online for reviews and efficiency Some of the above items are fairly self-explanatory, other topics will be explored at greater depth in other art...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...windows for ventilation. By including such multi-purpose features, the Tack's have successfully built a cozy comfortable home that is not only beautiful, but perfectly serves their needs for space. Designed to be entirely self-sufficient wherever it goes, the Tiny Tack House is capable of operating completely off-gri...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...windows with outside views, fresh and friendly colours, task and ambient lighting, earth-tone fabrics, and soothing textures like wood and stone to enhance the patient experience, “says Alex Sullo, Director, Facilities Services, Bluewater Health. “At the same time, we focused on specific features to enhance our environ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is that energy loss often brings with it moisture damage in the following ways: Humid air leaking from a poorly-sealed air barrier will mean greater heat loss; it can also leave condensation in wall assemblies that wi...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...windows In-floor radiant heating Air-to-water heat exchange system as principal heat source Energy usage monitoring system Rainwater harvesting system Carbonized bamboo floors Custom open bamboo staircase FSC Certified solid wood cabinetry High efficiency toilets Pre-wiring for electric vehicle chargi...

LEED Platinum home certification FAQ
LEED Homes

LEED Certification for Homes - Frequently Asked Questions

...windows. When can I advertise my LEED home? Once you have enrolled in the LEED program with the CaGBC , you can promote the home as "Registered with LEED Canada for Homes". A project is not LEED certified until it has been issued final approval by the CaGBC. Is it necessary to hire a LEED AP? Having a LEED AP (...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...windows, causing wild temperature swings from day to night. “There’s no good reason,” I used to say, “why we don’t build more Passive Houses in this country.” I assumed it was just Canadian denial of our climate; we like to wear thin jackets and complain about the weather. Are we this way with our permanent shelters ...